Since the majority of the Center for Creative Youth program is predicated on the in-person curriculum and experience, and the community bonds forged while on campus, we have determined, after careful review, that the Center for Creative Youth program will not offer an online learning alternative this summer. CCY will be on hiatus for 2020.

We share in the disappointment felt by our students and staff. We were looking forward to working with the exceptional pool of talented young artists who applied from all over the world. We have every hope that we will be able to offer a robust program in 2021, and look forward to planning for future opportunities.

Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions. We hope you remain safe and in good spirits.

For more information: email ccy@wesleyan.edu or call Program Manager Lisa Foss at 860-685-3341. 


Important update: In-person auditions at Wesleyan University scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, 2020 have been CANCELLED

All students who were planning to attend this event will need to submit videos, writing samples or pictures of their portfolio online. 

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Acceptance notification: April 3, 2020

There are two parts to the audition process: the Artistic Review and the Program Interview.

For the Artistic Review, applicants will meet with a Lead Instructor from the concentration to which they are applying, and together they either review samples of the student's work or watch the student perform. For example, visual arts students will bring in 3-4 samples of their artwork for the instructor to review and discuss; musical theatre applicants will perform a monologue and a song; and musicians will perform their selections and perhaps be asked to improvise, etc.

For the Program Interview, applicants will meet with a staff member (usually a member of the residential team) to simply have a conversation about who they are, discuss their interests and activities, and to answer any applicant questions. There are no right or wrong answers in this process - we just want to take the time to get to know the student "off the page" and learn what they hope to gain from the CCY experience. 

All applicants are encouraged to attend the in-person audition at Wesleyan University for a broad experience of the campus, staff, and student community. Those unable to attend in-person are required to submit what is required electronically with their online application

Requirements and Preparation Exercises

Creative Writing

Please submit three pieces of your best writing (poems, short stories, or personal essays).


Play or sing either a piece of music or shorter excerpts from two or three, particularly if you are experienced in more than one style or perform on more than one instrument. If you write music and are interested in composition, please feel free to perform an example of that. 

Musical Theater

Sing one song of your choice from any Musical Theater show and perform one monologue from any musical or play. Both must be memorized.


Students should present either a single 2-minute or two 1-minute monologues from a play that is memorized. Pieces written by students or their friends are not acceptable. If you choose to do two, try to choose one of a dramatic nature and one of a comedic nature.

Visual Arts

Please share a selection of up to 8 (4 from observation and 4 personal choices) examples of your work that best represents what you have done in the last two (2) years.

Spot Availability and Competitiveness

As each art form concentration can accommodate only a certain number of students each summer, the total number of applicants within that art form initially determines the level of competitiveness. The ratio of applicants to openings fluctuates somewhat annually, and with it the acceptance rates. CCY seriously considers maturity and artistic commitment in addition to talent level when making acceptance decisions. CCY accepts more students than it does not accept, generally about 70% of those who apply.

Late Applications

Please email the office at ccy@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-3341 to confirm space availability. If space is available in your art form concentration, we will consider accepting a late application. Late applicants may apply online by submitting the required files with their application.We will continue to recruit and accept students until all disciplines are full, but rarely will have tuition assistance available for students applying past the deadline. Please call the office for details should you need to submit a late application.